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Rabbit Hutches of the past

Rabbit Hutches of the past

Thankfully, gone are the days when pet rabbits we're housed in converted sideboards! ... or are they? We found quite a few proud chaps showing off their 'conversions' on websites and blogs today, like this image here. Poor, poor bunny ... Sideboards were of course made by craftsmen in olden days it's fair to say, and looked lovely, as sideboards. What about the poor rabbits though, are they happy?

Making use of an old sideboard was very popular in days gone by, it seems that the most obvious use for one was housing the pet rabbit. By removing a door, being careful to retain one of the doors for access to the sleeping compartment, and then using anything you could find, such as old mesh and string to hold it all together, the poor rabbit was confined in this untidy creation.

Over the decades I'd like to think we have progressed a little, but, the most common pet rabbit hutch is usually mass produced in China and typically a box shape, looking like a sidebaord, and cheap. These can be quite cramped and cold as well as poor in size and quality.

Rabbit hutch designs have not really changed very much at all over the years, today's options include - A rectangular box shaped hutch with mesh front and sleeping quarters, or perhaps a rectangular box with mesh front and sleeping quarters, and legs.

Breeding hutches are slightly different though, being rectangular boxes with mesh fronts and sleeping quarters, and luckily still having the added option of legs, however each hutch is piled one on top of the other. Sometimes they are simply wire cages with wire mesh floors for the bunnies to stand on - horrid!

It seems a little unfair to deny the rabbits any pleasure of passing the time of day with their 'flat mates' who reside on the upper and lower floors (although we understand for breeders this is not always an option). Don't you think they would love to wander around on grass in the lovely fresh air? The old "stack 'em high and breed 'em cheap" is, in our opinion, not the kindest option. As you've probably gathered, we felt the need to design hutches with a difference putting bunny welfare first.

Our sheer dislike of the ordinary outdoor rabbit hutch style gave us the impetus to develop our Framebow Rabbit Hutch and Arched Rabbit Houses. Combining not only interesting contemporary looks; perfect practicality, superb build quality and, thick timbers to keep them warm, safe and dry; but more importantly the run space for the rabbit to develop both mentally and physically.
Guinea Pig Hutches at Framebow

Guinea Pig Hutches at Framebow

Our Framebow Guinea Pig Hutch comprises both indoor and outdoor living space with a ridged ramp which helps to keep the guinea pigs active, and gives them a feeling of freedom they will certainly enjoy (see photo right which was one of our very first hutches).

Your pets will spend hours flying up and down the wooden ramp, in and out of the hutch, amusing themselves. Our guinea pig hutches boast an elegantly curved timber framework giving a modern designer feel to the outdoor accommodation. The Framebow Hutches have been designed with the house section raised above part of the run space with a ramp leading down to the ground.

The Curved Run of the Guinea Pig House, unique to Framebow, has such easy access. You simply lift one curved side and it counter-balances beautifully on the pivot-bolts that fix it together. This means that not only can you, or the children, reach inside for cleaning or feeding but also your Guinea Pigs can't escape into the big wide, dangerous, world.

More information about the timbers we use for our houses can be found on the About our Housing page.
The Arch Rabbit House

The Arch Rabbit House

The Framebow Arch Rabbit House is a large, 9ft long x 6ft high, Rabbit House with spacious accommodation, a sundeck and a long ramp leading to the lovely grass below.

Around the edge of the sundeck and the ramp we have added raised edges to prevent those 'I wish I'd brought a parachute' moments, however, they exit the house directly on to the sundeck.

The raised house makes maximum use of the space underneath as well as making cleaning and tending a great deal easier. This space provides an area for shelter or shade and with a height under the house of approx 2ft 6in also gives bunnies room to stand on hind legs.

The Walk-in Run has an internal height of approx 5ft 8in, so very accessible for most of us, and will allow children the height and space to sit inside with their bunnies. We don't advise or advocate putting a mesh base in the rabbit's outdoor run as it would be very uncomfortable for the bunnies. Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits do not have padded feet to cushion them so a mesh floor could damage or disfigue their feet and be extremely uncomfortable. If you wish to prevent them digging then place a cushioning layer, like woodchip, on top of the mesh.
The Salisbury Rabbit House

The Salisbury Rabbit House

NEW FOR 2017 is our Salisbury Rabbit House, which is based on our larger Arch Rabbit House, and proving very popular due to its compact nature and ease of cleaning.

For more details click The Salisbury Rabbit House

We think our advances in designing hutches offering luxury living for your rabbits or pets is streets ahead of what is available on the market today and, being made of pressure-treated timber, will certainly last and look good for many years.

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